Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age - Sheena Gardner

Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age - Sheena Gardner

8. Moving Online to Teach Academic Writing in Science and Engineering: Theory and Practice

Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age - Sheena Gardner

Helen Drury [+-]
University of Sydney
Helen Drury is Senior Lecturer and former Head of the Learning Centre, Sydney University, New South Wales, Australia. Her research and teaching interests are in the area of academic literacy and learning and her current research involves the application of Systemic Functional Linguistics genre pedagogy to the design of online programmes for academic writing.

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Our approach to teaching academic writing in science and engineering disciplines at undergraduate level has been informed by a Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) theory of language and genre-based literacy pedagogy. We have used this foundation to develop teaching materials and approaches to scaffold student understandings of the genre, discourse and grammar of discipline based writing tasks (Jones 2004). Over a ten year period, these materials and approaches have gradually been ‘redesigned’ (Kress 2000, 2003) into interactive, multimodal, online learning modules, replacing face-to-face pedagogy with digital pedagogy (Drury 2004; Mort and Drury 2012; Drury and Mort 2012). SFL and genre pedagogy can inform the ‘redesign’ of materials and approaches for teaching academic writing online. In addition, research in social semiotics and multimodal meaning making can contribute to the development of a digital pedagogy for academic writing. However, a key question is how students use online resources to create their own learning journey to develop successful discipline based writing, their own ‘personalised curricula’ (Kress 2007). In monitoring these journeys, designer/teachers can further develop effective online curricula for academic writing (Kress 2010).

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Drury, Helen. 8. Moving Online to Teach Academic Writing in Science and Engineering: Theory and Practice. Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 134-149 Nov 2016. ISBN 9781781792384. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=26111. Date accessed: 09 Dec 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.26111. Nov 2016

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